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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School MPAA Rating: Release Date: July 15, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material Release Date: July 12, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action and some rude humor Release Date: July 8, 2016
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Elvis & Nixon

Lowest Recommended Age: High School MPAA Rating: Rated R for some language Release Date: April 23, 2016
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Lowest Recommended Age: High School MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality Release Date: March 25, 2016
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The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1

Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity Release Date: March 18, 2016
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Hulu has an episode of the classic “Mary Tyler Moore Show” about a woman who does not want Mary’s friend Rhoda (Valerie Harper) to come to her club because she is Jewish. The woman is played by Mary Frann, who would go on to play the wife of innkeeper Dick Loudon in “Newhart.” It is worth watching the show today to begin a conversation with older kids and teens about what has and has not changed and what they think about the way Mary responded when she found out why Rhoda was not welcome at the club. What would you do?

“Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance?”
The Kansas City public library is hosting a panel discussion with filmmakers, actors and industry insiders to discuss Hollywood’s take on black love in movies. This panel discussion draws from contemporary films as well as the earliest days of cinema history in order to provide a complete perspective on how African Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Kansas City Public Library
Central Library
Helzberg Auditorium
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:30 p.m.

RSVP: kclibrary.org 816.701.3407
PANELISTS:
Diallo Javonne, French Filmmaker
Shawn Edwards, Fox 4 News Film Critic
Jenee Osterheldt, Kansas City Star Lifestyle Columnist
Damon Smith, Ink Relationship Columnist
Tasha Smith, “The Unreal Housewives of Kansas City” Actress
Sean Tyler, Hot 103 Jamz Radio Personality
MODERATOR:
Sharita Hutton Fox 4 News Anchor/Reporter

How well do you know the characters on “The Office?” Try our Idol Chatter quiz about religion on the hit series about paper company Dunder Mifflin. Like most American workplaces, this one includes employees with an assortment of views about religion and the quiz is not just a lot of fun but a thoughtful reminder of how easy it is to be carelessly inconsiderate of others’ beliefs and how much we can draw from a broader understanding of faiths and traditions.

New York Magazine has a great compendium of the worst movies of last year and they were nice enough to ask me for my choices.

All About Steve was the worst movie of the year. The films that made me feel I could hear my brain cells melt as I watched were Next Day Air, I Love You, Beth Cooper, Old Dogs, and Miss March.

As always, there were some on other lists I wished I had included like “Law Abiding Citizen” and “The Ugly Truth.” As always, there were some on other lists that I actually enjoyed like “Paper Hearts” and “Away We Go.” And it wouldn’t be a worst list if it didn’t have some contrarian provocateurs who just like to go after the big movies that are on everyone else’s ten best lists — there were some votes for “Precious,” “Up in the Air,” and “Avatar.”
It is one of the perverse pleasures of the job that I get to see more truly awful films than most people. But if you saw something truly terrible this year, I’d be glad to hear about it.

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